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Will and Sarah Fleming on their homestead near Farley, New Mexico.

 

    PLEASE NOTE THESE LINKS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A COMPREHENSIVE LIST, RATHER THEY ARE MEANT TO SERVE AS EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES ON-LINE! FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST, GO TO Cyndi's List http://www.cyndislist.com/index.htm

 

Online BMD (Birth, Marriage, and Death) Records

The USGenWeb Archives, http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ , have a wide variety of resources organized at the State and County level.

Ancestry.com has many resources: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/main.htm You need a subscription to access most of them.

At RootsWeb there are also user-submitted databases: A search form for these is at: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/births/ ; a more browsable format is here: http://userdb.rootsweb.com/regional.html

Family History.com's BMD Databases: http://www.familyhistory.com/category.asp?cat=bmd

 

Other Online Public Records

Census Indices and Images

FREE - US GenWeb's Census Archives are FREE to access, but is still a growing collection: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/cen_img.htm?sourceid=00228462927139856101

Ancestry.com, is a subscription-only collection, but is complete. http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/census/usfedcen/main.htm

Genealogy.com also has a subscription-only collection http://www.genealogy.com/uscensussub.html?AID=9488387&PID=1027214

Other Records

NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration, at http://www.nara.gov/ has a large and ever expanding collection of images of their most popular holdings digitized and searchable by keyword. These can be searched by the NARA Archival Research Catalog (ARC), "the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries" at http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/basic_search.jsp.

Land Patents from the Bureau of Land Management: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ (this is a great, searchable site!)

Public Records from Search Systems (over 4700 free searchable records): http://www.searchsystems.net/  some are relatively recent records and include such things as professional licenses and alumni listings.

 

Transcribed Records

The Virtual Cemetery at Genealogy.com, http://www.genealogy.com/VG/vcem_search.html, is a (growing) searchable collection of images of gravestones and relevant information about them.

Tombstone Transcription Project at RootsWeb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/ a volunteer project that "... will transcribe tombstone inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made easily accessible to all."

The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, also at RootsWeb: http://www.immigrantships.net/  "We are a group of volunteers dedicated to making the search for our ancestors immigration easier. We grew out of a need to find ships passenger lists right here, on-line."

Internment.net has cemetery records from around the world: http://www.interment.net/

Obituary Depot: http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/ mostly newer obits.

 

Organizations, Family Histories, Online Books, etc.

 Organization Web Pages

The Reeves Registry: http://www.reevesregistry.com/ "An Information Clearing House for the Reeves Surname and its Various Spellings."

Native American Genealogy, a great resource posted by an individual: http://members.aol.com/bbbenge/front.html

The Metcalf Society of England: http://www.metcalfe.org.uk/index.html "The Metcalfe Society today stands in the forefront of the world of Genealogy as one of the largest and most respected one-name study groups, with almost 1,500 members past and present, home and overseas. It is dedicated to supporting anyone interested in their Metcalfe (and all spelling variants) family history and acts as the principal link between branches in the home country and those settled worldwide."

 Using Online Copies of Books, etc.

United States Internet Genealogical Society Books Online (USIGS): http://www.usigs.org/library/books/

The US Biographies Project at USGenWeb: http://members.tripod.com/~debmurray/usbios/usbiog.html

 Online Newspaper and Magazine Articles

At Beginning Genealogy, a good description of how newspapers can help you with your family history search: http://members.aol.com/rechtman/genbasics.html (Scroll down a ways to find the section on Newspapers -- the other information here is useful also.)

TheOldenTimes.com: Historic Newspapers Online  http://theoldentimes.com/index.html

Ancestry.com's Historical Newspaper Collection is a subscription service with access to a growing collection of newspapers. Here's an example: http://images.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=view&r=&cat=NEWSFREENYT&path=1865.04.15

 

Catalogs of Libraries and other Repositories

The Online Archive of New Mexico: http://elibrary.unm.edu/oanm/

LIBROS the online catalog of the University of New Mexico library system: http://libros.unm.edu/

The Rio Grande Public Library system catalog: www.cabq.gov/rgvls/specol.html  

The Library of Congress: http://catalog.loc.gov/

 

Information about Non-Online Data Sources

How to use The Family History Library in Salt Lake City: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp

How to order vital records: http://www.vitalrec.com/index.html
or: The National Center for Health Statistics at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm

Requesting your ancestors' Naturalization records http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/naturalizationrecords.html

How to contact genealogical societies: http://www.familyhistory.com/societyhall/main.asp

Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to find periodical articles of interest: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/periodicals/persi/main.htm?rc=locale%7E&us=0

Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico a project sponsored by the New Mexico Genealogical Project. This is nice, since people did not necessarily adhere to one parish nor are the records all kept in a very common sense location system.
http://www.nmgs.org/Chrchs-intro.htm
 

 

Historical Information and How-To Web Sites

General Collections

The Library of Congress has lots of great on-line resources. Their homepage is at: http://www.loc.gov/ and is well worth at least an entire afternoon's worth of browsing.

The American Memory Collections Sound Recordings: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/collections:@field(FLD003+@band(origf+Sound+Recording)):heading=Original+Format%3a+Sound+Recordings

Collections available online: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/ndl.html

American Life Histories: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/wpahome.html

Genealogy Knowledgebase includes a list of old occupations and diseases: http://www.genealogytoday.com/guide/help/answers.html

InfoPlease has a great collection of general world-wide information including timelines, disasters through history, geography, and much more:  http://www.infoplease.com/world.html

Epidemics in US 1628-1918: "In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared during a certain period in history ..."  http://www.bjhughes.org/epidemic.html

The American Local History Network: http://www.alhn.org/

 

The USS Liscome Bay, which was torpedoed in the Pacific during WWII with my great-uncle Arend Schouten on board.

Military Records

Access Genealogy Military Resource Center http://www.accessgenealogy.com/military/ a great comprehensive site with links to records from most US-fought wars.

World War II State Casualties by County: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/  

At Ancestry, WWII and Korean Conflict Casualties Interred Overseas: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/4283a.htm

The US Naval Historical Center Online: http://www.history.navy.mil/index.html , which includes a photo archive of ships: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usn-name.htm so you can see images of the vessel where your family member served.

For more WWII ship info, go to Ships of the US Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-ships.html

AmericanRevolution.org 's Genealogy Links Page http://www.americanrevolution.org/genlinks.html

A Barrel of Genealogy Links Civil War Resources: http://www.genealogytoday.com/barrel/links2.html

Special Interest Sites (a few examples)

Non-European Ancestry

Asian Ancestry at Asia GenWeb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~asiagw/ This is part of the GenWeb system and is an ever-expanding collection of information and links.

Native American Genealogy http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/ This site is comprehensive, scholarly, and easy to navigate. Whether you are tracing ancestors, conducting historical research on the individual tribes of Native Americans, or are just a curious American, this is well worth the visit!

African American Genealogy http://www.afrigeneas.com/ This impressive site has surname researcher lists, forums, chats, and records like slave data collections, library archives, and world and state records.

New Mexican Ancestry

Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico: http://www.hgrc-nm.org/  a fabulous resource for those researching especially Northern New Mexican ancestors.

New Mexico Genealogical Society http://www.nmgs.org/index.htm

Sephardim (the descendants of Jewish families exiled from Spain in the middle ages): http://www.sephardim.com/index.html 

Orphan Trains: http://www.orphantrainriders.com/

German Ancestry: http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/

Slovak and Czech Ancestry: It's All Relative http://www.iarelative.com/; The Czech Genealogy Page http://czechgenealogy.org/; Czech Genealogy http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/2064/czechgen.htm; The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society http://www.cgsi.org/  

Irish Ancestry: Irish Genealogical Society http://www.rootsweb.com/~irish/

Homesteading: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/or/county/union/homesteading.htm

 

Preserving Heirlooms, including photos, papers, textiles, etc.

Canadian Heritage's "Preserving my Heritage" page: http://www.preservation.gc.ca/howto/grid_e.asp

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) http://www.uni.edu/petersog/icpcmenu.html

Making a CD-ROM or DVD Family Photo Album  http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/7764/learning.html

National Archives of Australia's "Protecting and Handling Photographs" page: http://www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping/rkpubs/advices/advice7.html

The Book Arts page of Preservation and Conservation Links: http://www.philobiblon.com/pressite.htm

 

Maps, Gazetteers, and other Location Resources

From Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/maps.htm#Historical

At Ancestry.comhttp://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/reference/maps/main.asp

The University of Texas at Austin Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html

Place Name Servers on the Internet: http://www.asu.edu/lib/hayden/govdocs/maps/geogname.htm#world This extremely useful site has links to other sites that will help you find information about and maps of places.

Rootsweb's tool to help you determine what county a town was/is in: http://resources.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/townco.cgi   I consider this to be one of my most useful tools.

The Library of Congress' on-line map collection: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html

 


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